The Energy Ministry has reassured residents of three communities in the Binduri District in the Upper East Region of connecting them to the national grid after work stalled a few weeks ago.
The communities are Sakpare-Natinga, Sakpare-Bankango and Sakpare-Poyameri.
The situation for the past years has put untold difficulties on residents of these communities.
Given that, the MP for the area, Abdulai Abanga on the floor of Parliament, asked the Minister of Energy to fast-track works in connecting these communities to the National grid to improve their daily living.
The Minister of Energy, answering the question indicated that the communities before the end of the year will get connected to the grid.
The Minister added that each household will have electricity to improve their standard of living as some of the necessary processes have been met.
He said, “Sakpare-Natinga, Sakpare-Bankango and Sakpare-Poyameri communities are part of the Ministry of Energy ongoing Set (IV) rural electrification project in the Binduri District of the Upper East Region. A total of Forty-seven (47) high voltage poles required for the communities have been supplied and planted. The high voltage installation has been completed at Sakpare-Natinga, Sakpare-Bankango and Sakpare-Poyameri communities. Four hundred and fifty-five (455) low voltage poles for the project have been supplied and planted at Sakpare-Natinga, Sakpare-Bankango and Sakpare-Poyameri communities.”
“However, conductors for the LV stringing in Sakpare-Natinga are yet to be supplied. Stringing of the high voltage conductors has also been completed in these communities whiles the Transformers have been delivered to the communities, installation is yet to be done. Meter installation works are ongoing in Sakpare-Bankango. The delay in the execution of the rural electrification project in the communities is due to the shortage of some key materials. The Ministry has taken delivery of some of these materials and will arrange for them to be sent to the site for work to resume. The Ministry of Energy expects to complete the installation works in the above-mentioned communities by the end of this year (2022).”
Appreciating the Minister’s response, the MP added that his constant contact with the contractor indicates that more materials will be needed to connect every household to the national grid.
“My contact with the contractor indicates that they will require more materials than what the Minister just indicated here. So, I pray that the Minister will contact the contractor on the ground to provide them with all the necessary materials. We hope that by the end of this year (2022), the people of these communities will benefit from the national grid.”
Meanwhile, through the efforts of the MP work was progressing steadily in 11 communities to connect them to the national grid.
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